In February, enthusiasts and observers will find two interesting astronomical events: one of them is the approach of comet C/2022 E3 to Earth. It poses no risk and is an interesting view for astronomy enthusiasts.
This phenomenon will occur because on January 14 it marked its approach to the Sun, and viewers in the southern hemisphere will be able to see it from next Sunday (5).
It is a green asteroid and experts consider it rare, since the last time it appeared was during the Neanderthal era.
Two unseen phenomena: green comet and snow moon
The comet was first observed in March 2022, with an apparent magnitude of 17.3. Moreover, it was in the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) program that they discovered it, with the help of the Samuel-Oschin telescope at Palomar Observatory, California (USA). The comet is relatively small in diameter (about 1 km) and was spotted as it crossed the orbit of Jupiter.
And just a few days after this beautiful phenomenon, we will have the ‘Snow Moon’ or ‘Hunger Moon’.
First and last micromoon of the year 2023
The name ‘Snow Moon’ comes from a North American and European tradition. Unlike some other Full Moon names like Worm Moon or Pink Moon, this one is self-explanatory.
February is the snowiest month in North America, which is why Native American tribes call it the “Snow Moon.” Some tribes also call it the Hunger Moon because hunting is difficult in such harsh climates.
This coming Sunday (5), the Snow Moon is expected to be especially bright and bright, as it is the second full moon of the year. Another factor that makes it so special is that it will be the last micromoon this year!
By the way, we say “micromoon” when a full moon coincides with apogee (the moment when our physical satellite is farthest from Earth). For observers, this means the Moon may appear a little smaller than usual, though it’s still very bright and showy.
Since ancient times, full moons have been considered magical and meaningful moments. With this Snow Moon, then, it will be no different.
And, ah, here’s a curiosity: legends say that this phenomenon brings good luck and whoever observes it will have their wishes come true. Amazing, isn’t it?
So, take the opportunity to observe the sky in the coming days and place your orders!